Only 13% of Voters in Iowa, 15% in New Hampshire, Support Feds Interfering with State Cannabis Laws

nuggetA new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, and commissioned by Marijuana Majority, has found that a vast majority of registered voters in Iowa and New Hampshire – the first two states to vote in next year’s presidential primary election – support allowing states to decide their own cannabis policies without federal interference.

According to the poll, 71% of Iowa voters – including 64% of Republicans – are in favor of states deciding their own cannabis laws without fear of federal intrusion. Just 13% are in support of the federal government enforcing federal cannabis laws in states that have legalized it for medical or recreational purposes.

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Poll: Majority of Denver Voters Support Cannabis Consumption at Bars, Other Venues

denvermariJust days after a Denver initiative to allow cannabis to be consumed at certain venues such as bars and nightclubs received approval from state officials, a new poll has found that a majority of voters in the city support the proposal.

According to the survey, which was conducted by Public Policy Polling and commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project, 56% of voters in Denver support an initiative to allow cannabis to be consumed at bars, and other venues only accessible to those 21 and older, such as adult-only nightclubs. Only 40% oppose the move.

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Delaware House of Representatives Passes Legislation to Decriminalize Cannabis Possession

The Guardian jointDelaware’s full House of Representatives has passed House Bill 39, a proposal to decriminalize the possession of up to an ounce of cannabis. The vote was 24 to 14.

Under the proposed law, introduced by Representative Helene Keeley (D-Wilmington South), those caught possessing up to an ounce of cannabis would, at most, given an $100 ticket. Smoking in public, however, would remain a criminal misdemeanor with a potential 5-day jail sentence and a $200 fine.

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Washington: Only 22% of Voters Believe Cannabis Legalization Has Had a Negative Effect

wapicSupport for cannabis legalization has increased among Washington voters since they approved Initiative 502 in 2012, and a vast majority feel that the change in law has been a positive one, according to a new Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey.

“[I]n 2012 Washingtonians voted to legalize marijuana usage by 12 points”, says Tom Jenson of PPP in a Wednesday press release. “Now voters in the state say they support marijuana being legal by 19 points, 56/37. 77% of voters say marijuana being legal has either had a positive impact on their life or no impact at all, with likewise only 22% claiming marijuana legalization has affected them negatively.”

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Poll Finds Strong Support for Legalizing Cannabis in Rhode Island

A strongcannabisjointandbud majority of voters in Rhode Island support legalizing cannabis in a manner similar to alcohol, according to a new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling, and commissioned by Regulate Rhode Island.

According to the survey of 762 Rhode Island voters, 57% support legalizing, regulating and taxing cannabis

Regulate Rhode Island is pushing for passage of bills in the state’s House and Senate – introduced last month – sponsored by Senators Joshua Miller Representative Scott Slater, which would legalize cannabis for those 21 and older while establishing a regulatory framework for its legal distribution.

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Poll: Nearly 70% of Voters in North Carolina Support Legalizing Medical Cannabis

Nearly sevennc2 out of ten North Carolina voters support legalizing the doctor prescribed use of cannabis for medical purposes, according to a new Public Policy Polling survey.

According to the poll, 69% of voters in North Carolina believe that “doctors should be allowed to prescribe marijuana for medical use”. Just 21% oppose the move, with the remaining 10% being undecided.

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Bill to Defelonize Drug Possession Filed in Utah, Poll Shows Voter Support at 58%

Legislation to defelonize the personal possession of illegal substances has been filed in Utah’s House of Representatives. New polling released today shows a strong majority of Utah voters support the move.utah

House Bill 348 would reduce the penalty for the personal possession of illegal substances from a felony, to a class A misdemeanor. New polling conducted by Public Policy Polling, and commissioned by the American Civil Liberties Union, shows that 58% of Utah voters support reducing the penalty for drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor, with just 34% opposed.

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Virginia Poll: 74% of Voters Support Medical Cannabis, 60% Support Decriminalizing Cannabis

A new poll conducted bisby Public Policy Polling has found that a strong majority of Virginia voters support both legalizing medical cannabis, and decriminalizing cannabis possession.

According to the poll – commissioned by the Marijuana Policy Project – 74% of voters in Virginia support “changing the law in Virginia to allow seriously and terminally ill patients to use medical marijuana” if their doctor recommends it. The poll found only 21% of voters to be opposed to such a move.

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Poll: 60% of Louisiana Voters Support Decriminalizing Cannabis

A new poll conducted by Public Policy Polling has found that a majority of Louisianalouisianaseal voters are in favor of legalizing medical cannabis, as well a decriminalizing cannabis possession.

According to the poll, 60% of voters in Louisiana support removing criminal penalties for someone caught possessing up to an ounce of cannabis for the first time, making it instead a simple $50 or $100 ticket. Majority support was found in all age groups, including 52% of those aged 65 and older.

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74% of Minnesota Voters Favor Medical Cannabis Legalization

New polling conducted and released by Public Policy Polling has found that an overwhelming 74% of Minnesotaminnesotayeah voters favor the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes. Only 18% are opposed to the idea, and 8% remain undecided.

According to the poll, support for medical cannabis is strong among all age groups, including 71% of those 65 and older being in favor, with just 21% opposed. Support is highest among those aged 30 to 45, with 76% being in favor, and 18% opposed. Opposition was lowest among those aged 46 to 65 at 17%, with support at 74%. That age group also had the highest rate of undecided voters at 9%.

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